Whether you're filling a backyard pond, watering your lawn or even having a water balloon fight with your kids, the outdoor water tap mounted to the exterior of your home will serve as a central element. This tap doesn't require much maintenance to keep in proper working order, but there are a handful of simple things that you can do to prolong its life and keep it working properly. You don't have to be particularly adept with most of the following tasks, but if you get overwhelmed with any of this work, it's a good idea to call a local plumbing service to help you out. Here are some things to do.
Shut Off The Water In The Fall
When it comes to dealing with your outdoor water tap, the most important thing to do is to shut off the water supply to the tap each fall if you live in a climate with winter temperatures that drop below the freezing point. There's always some water in the tap, and if it were to freeze, there's a risk of the pipe splitting and leaving you with a major less. Turn off the shut-off valve inside your home that is located near the plumbing for the tap, and then turn on the tap outside until the water stops flowing.
Add A New Rubber Gasket
Over time, the outdoor tap may begin to drip water, including when it's attached to the garden hose. The solution is as simple as replacing the rubber gasket inside the tap, as the old one has likely split or rotted. Use needle-nosed pliers to pull out the old gasket from the tap and take it to your local plumbing supply store to ensure that you buy the right replacement gasket. Then, simply push the new gasket into place inside the tap. Screw on the hose and turn on the water. It should no longer be dripping.
Secure The Pipe
If you can hear an audible rattling sound upon turning on the tap — or even only when you turn the tap on full — it's a sign that the that runs from the tap to your home's water supply is vibrating. This is a concern because, over time, the vibration could loosen the pipe joints and leave you with a leak. The simple solution is to buy one or more U-shaped pipe clamps and use some small nails to secure the pipe with the clamp to the wooden framing around it. This will instantly reduce the vibration and fix the issue.
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